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Inside Energy: New fracking rules already the subject of a lawsuit

The first federal regulations addressing fracking on public lands are already facing a legal challenge. Wyoming Public Radio’s Stephanie Joyce reports for Inside Energy.

The new regulations require things like the disclosure of chemicals used in fracking and more protections for groundwater. But industry says they unnecessarily duplicate existing state regulations and require the disclosure of confidential commercial information. Mark Barron is one of the attorneys suing the government on behalf of the Independent Petroleum Association of America and the Western Energy Alliance.

20Fracking - 1a (:09s) “The result of the agency action is likely to further disincentivize operators from choosing public lands for their development projects.”

Wyoming, North Dakota and Colorado are top producers of oil and gas from federal lands.


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